Animals and Cannabis: Will It Work Out?
Now that there’s a green light on the legalization of marijuana on 23 states in the U.S., even allowing its use for recreation, business has never been better. The marijuana industry has exploded during the past couple of years and has provided a lot of medical benefits not only for humans, but also for animals. In the past, there hasn’t been a lot of research conducted with animals and cannabis, however today, advancements in research techniques and technology have paved way to more extensive studies about the herb and its medicinal value. Actually, questions have been raised whether or not cannabis is good for animals, focusing mostly on dogs, according to The Bark. It’s only normal for animal lovers to raise these queries since they only want what’s best for their companions. And that it the main reason why Seven Leaf Pets exist and continue to push forward for alternative ways to ease the life for animals.
Most clinical researches have provided evidence that ingestion of cannabis, may it be accidental or intentional, caused listlessness, depression, hypothermia, vomiting, and depression in animals. Symptoms of cannabis poisoning would show, therefore requiring veterinary expertise. More than 60 cannabinoids are contained within the cannabis sativa plant, with THC being the most toxic and affecting the nervous system. Intoxication can occur after ingestion of the plant and given that it has neurotoxic effects that usually take place 30 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion, medical attention is needed. Its effects, in most severe cases have caused coma and death in animals. Cannabis and animals is certainly a matter that needs thorough scrutiny.
The Positive Side of Things
Negative effects of cannabis have indeed been shown when ingested, may it be accidentally or not. However, there are cannabinoids than can be used for its medical properties. Cannabidiol for example, has shown to be an effective alternative for pain relief and also acts as an anti-inflammatory. There have been several account throughout history discussing marijuana for its medicinal benefits on animals. CBD does not cause a high and has shown promise as a means of treatment for epileptic seizures and cancer. It really hasn’t been measured regarding how far the medical value of cannabis will go but now, it displays high potential. We could be seeing a blooming relationship between animals at home and cannabis for years to come.
Seven Leaf Pets will continue to move forward in making this world a better place for companion animals and can clearly see a brighter future ahead.